Taking Ideology out of Crafts
New Design University, St. Pölten
4 May 2018
The New Design University St. Pölten was founded in 2004 by the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce, the Wirtschaftskammer Niederösterreich, and deals with the future potential of creativity, design, technology, and economics.
The lectures are based on the priorities of pre-industrial production methods and the future of design in the context of digitisation and post-industrial production. There are four speakers with an academic and professional background: Melanie Kurzis a professor at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and her lecture focuses on the yearning for pre-industrial production methods. Verena Kuni, a professor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, will share her knowledge on the subject of “Hacking Handicrafts – A Contribution to the Discourse on Methods”. Gareth Neal, designer and founder of the design studio of the same name, sheds light on three different approaches in his talk “People, Process, Place”, in order to inspire a contemporary audience with a renewed enthusiasm for handicrafts. In his presentation, the designer and founder of Silo Studios, Oscar Lessing, will elaborate on how mistakes can become real opportunities.
The lectures will take place from 9 am to 3 pm in the auditorium and the lounge on the first floor of the university.